Recovery from concussion will keep Eddie Johnson from traveling with D.C. to face Red Bulls

source:MLS Soccer

A training ground concussion suffered last week is set to cost Eddie Johnson a second game, with the D.C. United forward reportedly ruled out of Wednesday’s trip to Red Bull Arena. According to the league’s web site, Johnson will not travel with the team to Harrison, N.J., with post-concussive symptoms still limiting his involvement with the Eastern Conference’s leaders.

Johnson has not trained with the team since it returned from Vancouver, a game the 30-year-old striker missed after suffering his injury last week. Though United earned a valuable point on the road, the team was also shut out, held to only three shots on target without Johnson and Chris Rolfe (out with a broken arm).

Johnson’s last appearance came 10 days ago against New York, when the former Kansas City and Seattle striker came off the bench to score the final goal in United’s 2-0, Atlantic Cup-sealing win over its rivals.

It was only Johnson’s fifth goal of the season, a total that leaves him fourth on the club, but after a slow start in his first season at RFK, the U.S. international’s started to improve. After going the first eight games of his D.C. career without a goal, Johnson has averaged a goal every 207.8 minutes (though two of his five goals have come from the penalty spot).

While that production still doesn’t match Fabian Espindola’s or Luis Silva’s, it’s scoring that could be missed should Johnson’s concussion symptoms persist. Though his output may not be meeting the hype of his winter arrival, Johnson would still be a useful piece in game like tomorrow’s.